The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Angela Veronica Wong’s “how to survive a hotel fire”


From Part Five of Angela Veronica Wong’s book how to survive a hotel fire


The weird thing is I just had a dream about a hotel fire, and now that I think about it, I
probably didn’t do the right thing. What caught on fire? I can’t remember, but possibly a
lampshade, or a shirt in the bathroom. Anyway, I remember telling my roommates we had
to get out of there but then calculating that the fire was small enough so we had some time.
I thought: I’ll just grab my expensive purse and zip up my suitcase. But then it seemed there
was even more time, so I unzipped my suitcase and started packing. I thought briefly about
how sad it was I couldn’t rescue my toothbrush from the bathroom. But what about the
whiskey? For some reason there was a sign-in sheet for the room and one of my roommates
signed it when he came in. When there is a fire, you notice things like that.

This selection comes from Angela Veronica Wong’s book how to survive a hotel fire, available from Coconut Books. Purchase your copy here!

Angela Veronica Wong is the author of several poetry chapbooks. She is on the internet at

T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently four sparks fall: a novella (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, 2013) and, with Erin Elizabeth Smith, Skate or Die (Dusie Kollektiv, 2014). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Reunion: The Dallas ReviewWest Wind Review, HobartNinth Letter, and Phoebe, among others. A weightlifter, crafter, priestess, and all-around woman of action, she serves as the Associate Editor of Sundress Publications, Founding Editor of Flaming Giblet Press, and Literary Arts Director for the Sundress Academy of the Arts.



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